Punflay, the creator of the Kandy Fish picture book app, has expanded its digital library for kindergarteners and preschoolers with a nursery rhyme app. The Ryhmes for Tots iPad app features animated versions of classic children’s rhymes, including “Humpty Dumpty”, “Jack and Jill” and “Hickory Dickory Dock.” Each rhyme is currently available for 99 cents, and each comes with five related activities.
I took a look at the “Humpty Dumpty” rhyme. During the animation, children can see the words and hear them at the same time, which can encourage reading skills. The additional activities include a rhyming game, a matching game, a simple puzzle, connect-the-dots, and a shape search.
The connect-the-dots activity will help little ones develop counting skills, while the shape search obviously teaches a lesson in shape-identification. The puzzle will help kids develop spatial skills, but because each puzzle only involves two pieces, your child my bore of this activity the fastest. The rhyme game is perhaps the most challenging for pre-readers, but would make a great game for those just learning to read.
Overall, we’re happy to see Punflay developing their library of interactive reading. More rhymes are on the way, including “Diddle Diddle Dumpling” and “Five Little Speckled Frogs.”